Music by Request

Saturday, 9am to 1pm

Join us for a longstanding IPR tradition:  Music by Request, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We accept requests through Wednesday afternoon for the following Saturday's program. 

There are several ways to make a request:

CALL: (231) 276-4422 (leave a message on our Music by Request line)

EMAIL: ipr@interlochen.org

FACEBOOK: "Like" our Facebook page, then leave your request in the comments.

We'll confirm that we received your request and let you know where in the lineup you'll be. 

Music by Request for January 16, 2021

Jan 16, 2021

Classical IPR listeners shared patriotic selections on this week's program, along with pieces from musicals, opera excerpts and folk songs.

Requests included music by Judith Weir, Aaron Copland, Antonín Dvořák, Dobrinka Tabakova and Gaetano Donizetti.

 

Requesters also asked for specific performances by Canadian Brass, Susan Graham, 2Cellos and Sissel Kyrkjebø.

Music by Request for January 9, 2021

Jan 9, 2021

Classical IPR listeners shared an eclectic variety of selections on this week's program.

Requests included music by Max Steiner, Florence Price, Leopold Mozart, George Gershwin, and Philip Sparke. 

Requesters also asked for specific performances by Dashon Burton, Seraph Brass, Kenneth McKellar, and Barry Tuckwell.

Classical IPR listeners welcomed 2021 with a variety of selections on this week's program.

Requests included music by Johann Sebastian Bach, David Maslanka, Giuseppe Verdi, Leos Janacek and Gustav Mahler. 

Requesters also asked for specific performances by E. Power Biggs, Jessye Norman, the Younce Guitar Duo and Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm All-Girl Orchestra. 

Requests for this Saturday included a variety of music for  Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's. 

See the complete playlist below.

To make a request for the January 2 episode of Music by Request, email ipr@interlochen.org or leave a message on the MBR line at (231) 276-4422.

Music for Christmas dominated this week's requests. 

Listeners chose a variety of sacred and secular Christmas favorites, plus music about snow and winter. 

All of this week's requests are available below.

This week's program featured lots of music for the Christmas season, from J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio to Vince Guaraldi's music for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to seasonal favorites performed by Canadian Brass.

We also heard a chorus from Beethoven's "Fidelio" and a quartet from Verdi's "Don Carlos." 

This week's program featured music from the soundtracks of "The Umbrella Academy," "Black Panther" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?

We also heard virtual performances by the Eric Whitacre Virtual Choir, the University of Michigan Marching Band and a whole lot of trombonists (28, to be specific). 

Listen to all or part of this week's episode below. 

Thanks to listeners from St. Ignace, St. Joseph, Wolverine, Traverse City, Frankfort, and many other places for your requests this week.

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Today's playlist featured The Prayer of Thanksgiving, often known to many as "We Gather Together." This Christian hymn was written by Dutch composer and poet, Andrian Valerius to honor the Dutch victory over the Spanish forces in the battle of Turnout.  At the turn of the twentieth century, it became popular in the United States, and is often associated with Thanksgiving Day services and celebrations. 

1. Johann Sebastian Bach/trans. Feruccio  Busoni, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, Vikingur Olaffson

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Featured on today's program was Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring.  This compositon won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize in Music. 

1.      John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. Peter Breiner,  Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 2 in the style of Vivaldi, Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra

2.     Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait, James Earl Jones, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

3.     Eric Whitacre, Ghost Train Triptyche, Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz

4.     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Quartet in F major, Boston Symphony Chamber Players

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Featured on today's playlist was Song to the Moon from Dvorak's Rusalka.    The libretto based on Czech folklore, tells the story of a water nymph who falls in love with a human Prince. 

"Moon high up in the sky, you light up vast distances, you wander through the wide, wide world looking into the homes of mens. Stay awhile, moon, tell me, o tell me where my beloved is!" 

1.     Antonin Dvorak, Song to the Moon from Rusalka, Renee Fleming, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

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Featured on today's program was Charles Gounod's Funeral March for a Marionette.  The work gained popularity in the United States during the 1960's as the theme music for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  

1.     Paul Dukas, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Jean Fournet

2.     Sir Edward Elgar, Land of Hope and Glory, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Barry Wordsworth

3.     Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Franz Liszt/Vladimir Horowitz, Danse Macabre, Yuga Wang

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Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Beulah, Traverse City, Frankfort, Ocqueoc, Cheboygan and Sheboygan for your requests this week.

1. Jean Sibelius, Symphony no. 2 (fourth movement); James DePreist/Oregon Symphony

2. Gerald Finzi, Eclogue for piano and strings; William Boughton/English String Orchestra/Martin Jones

3. John Rutter, The Lord is My Shepherd; Cambridge Singers/City of London Sinfonia

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (first movement); Kurt Masur/Gewandhaus Orchestra

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Featured on today's program was Bright Blue Music from Michael Torke's Color Music Suite for Orchestra. The composition is associated withe Torke's synethesia which is a the perceptual phenomenon when one sensory or cognitive perception leads to another sensory or cognitive perception or simply said, a mingling of the senses.  A synesthete hears color, feels sounds, and tastes shapes. 

1.     Chen Gang and He Zhan Hoa, Butterfly Lovers Concerto, Gil Shaham, Singapoe Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

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Featured on today's playlist was a recording of E. Power Biggs performing Scott Joplin's Sunflower Slowdrag on a John Challis pedal harpsichord.  John Challis grew up in southeastern Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University.  He became the only harpsichord builder in North America where he worked out of a two-story space above a dress shop in Ypsilanti.  He later moved to New York City when his home was condemned to build the Chrysler Freeway.

1.     Johann Sebastian Bach, transcription by August Strada, Organ Sonata in E minor, Vikingur Olafsson

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Today's playlist featured Folk Suite No. 2 by William Grant Still. His career as a composer was comprised of many "firsts." His Symphony No.1  was premiered by Howard Hanson and the Rochester Philharmonic, the first symphony performed by an African-American composer.  In 1936 he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States. The New York City Opera performed his Troubled island, the first opera by an African-American composer. 

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Featured on today's program were exceprts from The Long View: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs by Patrice Michaels.  Michaels, a composer and vocalist arranges Ginsburg's legal opinions, letters, and lectures creating an episodic portrait of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice, wife, mother and feminist icon. 

1.     Erik Satie, Je te veux, Jean-Yves Thibaudet

2.     Julie Giroux, Fort McHenry Suite, U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, Col. Larry H. Lang

3.     John Tavener, Song for Athene, VOCES8

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Featured on today's playlist were compositions that are traditionally performed at the annual BBC Proms, formally known as the Henry Woods Promenade Concerts.  Prom is short for promenade concert, a term originally referring to outdoor concerts in London's pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll while the orchestra performed. 

1.     Claude Debussy, Sirenes from Trois Nocturnes, Paris Orchestra Women’s Chorus and Orchestra of Paris, Daniel Barenboim

2.     Aaron Copland, Symphony No. 3, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

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Featured on today's playlist was Charles Ives' Central Park in the Dark.  This transcendental work evokes the sounds one would hear sitting in New York's Central Park at the turn of the twentieth century.  

1.     George Frederick Handel, Sonata in G minor, Jacqueline Du Pre with Ernest Lush

2.     J. Fred Coots, For all we know, Drew Tretick, London Symphony Orchestra, Bob Krosgstad

3.     Aaron Copland, Symphony 3, London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

4.     Giacomo Puccini, O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi, Maria Callas

Featured on today's program was Samuel Barber's Summer Music .  The work was commissioned from the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and premiered in 1956  by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  In lieu of of a commission fee, Barber took donations from the audience.  

1.     Richard Strauss, Cacille, Barbara Hendricks with Wolfgang Sawallisch

2.     Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude in G minor, Glenn Gould

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Featured on today's playlist was a recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D minor by E. Power Biggs.   Known for his dignified manner and witty conversation, Biggs aroused interest in serious organ music  in the U.S. beginning in the 1930's.   A renowned expert on the older organs of Europe, he was very serious about the encroaching of electronic organs in churches and concert halls. When an electronic organ was installed in the 1970's at Carnegie Hall, he stated, "The present device cheapens the hall and ruins its image as a place of excellence."

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Today's playlist featured a recording of Licia Albanese as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme.  Albanese's rich soprano range thrilled audiences during her long spanning career.  She brought passion and committment to each performance.  In a 2004 interview with Allan Ulrich of the San Francisco Chronicle, "I always changed every performance.  I was never boring, and I'm against copying. What I learned from the great singers was not to copy, but that the drama is in the music."  

1.      Claude Debussy, Estampes, Jean Yves Thibaudet

Featured on today's program were the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahams.  A set of 21 pieces composed originally for piano, four hands, they are based on Hungarian themes.  

1.      George Frederick Handel, Concerto Grosso No. 11, Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman

2.     Antonin Dvorak, O Silver Moon from Rusalka, Renee Fleming, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

3.     Philip Sparke, Strathcarron-Sword Dance from Hymn of the Highlands, Brass Band Froschl Hall, Hannes Buchegger

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Happy Swiss National Day! Featured on today's program was the William Tell Overture from Gioacchino Rossini's opera, William Tell.   This popular work features a depiction of a storm and viviacious finale "The March of the Swiss soldiers".  William Tell is a legenday folk hero of Switzerland who symbolizes the struggle for political and individual freedom. 

1.     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata in F major, Andre Watts

2.    Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein

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Today's playlist consisted of many works composed for film and television.  Composers included Ramin Djawadi, Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, John Wiliams, Ennio Morricone, Thomas Newman, Howard Shore, John Barry and Michael Legrand.  

1.     Charles Ives, Hymns from Symphony No. 4, Richard Webster, Members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus

2.     George Frederick Handel, Eternal Source Light Divine from Ode to the Birthday of Queen Anne, Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Nelson

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